Xbox One Not Backwards Compatible with the Xbox 360

by William D'Angelo, posted on 21 May 2013 / 2,540 Views

Microsoft Xbox Live VP Marc Whitten has told The Verge that the Xbox One will not have backwards compatibility. This is due the console having a different core architecture than the Xbox 360.

"No, there's not," said Whitten when asked about backwards compatibility. "The system is based on a different core architecture, so back-compat doesn't really work from that perspective."

The Xbox One uses an x86 CPU, while the Xbox 360 uses a Xenon processor. Games won't be able to run natively on the new hardware due the difference. The PlayStation 4 has the same problem, but Sony did promise PlayStation 3 games will be playable at some point through the cloud.

It is possible for the Xbox One to do the same thing in the future, but nothing has been announced at this time.


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3 Comments

Michael-5 (on 21 May 2013)

Wait... PS4 will be backward compatible down the road? Someone message me the details, I'm thinking of buying a replacement PS3, but if PS4 plays PS3, then there is no point!


snyps (on 21 May 2013)

So...... xbox one can play the original xbox content right?? they are both x86


snyps (on 21 May 2013)

i knew some hoople head would thumb down.


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thewastedyouth (on 21 May 2013)

who cares


ganoncrotch (on 21 May 2013)

me, if it can't play any xbox games then there is no reason for anyone who has a 360 with any number of physical games or games on demand games on their current system to buy an Xboxone, this just kills any reason for brand loyalty to MS.


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Michael-5 (on 21 May 2013)

All the people who don't have a 360 care. I bought my 360 largely because it was BC with XB, which I didn't own, and Halo 2 was the first game I beat on my 360.

Plus how many people had a 360, which broke? I'm sure they want to finish some of their 360 games which they never had a chance to play.


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ganoncrotch (on 22 May 2013)

aye like Michael-5 says too, if you got a big library of 360 games it's nice to know when your console eventually dies that you can still throw the games into the new system without having to go back and buy an older console yet again to keep playing them, Microsofts answer is you might as well just fuck anything with an Xbox logo on it into tthe bin now.


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